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Discover the Masai Mara and Kenya’s world-renowned game reserves
Kenya is rightfully regarded as the safari capital of the world, and on this tour, you’ll soon see why. Begin in the thriving capital of Nairobi with a walking tour that swings you by a traditional Maasai Market, before enjoying some sizzling barbecue cuisine with a spicy kick. Amboseli National Park houses the “Big Five”—be on the lookout for the elusive cheetah and African buffalo. At Lake Elmenteita, pause by the embankment of these soda rich waters and watch in awe as pink flamingos feed. When it comes to nature treks and wildlife sightings, few are left wanting.
Amboseli National Park
Lake Baringo National Park
Samburu National Reserve
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Start your tour in Nairobi and prepare for a holiday in the wild with a little city living. Wake up with a sumptuous coffee and stroll to the Maasai Market, a nomadic market full of authentic curios, wood carvings, and jewellery. Then, swing over to the Banana Hill Art Gallery and enjoy East African art. End a day immersed in Kenyan culture with a carnivorous feast at one of many barbecue restaurants.
Road trip to southern Kenya and enter Amboseli National Park, 151 square miles of short grass plains full of “Big Five” sightings. In the park, otherworldly baobab trees and stunning terrains roll on to the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Take a safari that leads you to sulphur springs and acacia woodlands. Witness as 600 bird species fill up the sky. Be on the lookout for the African elephant, lions, and buffalo. Dine by a campfire as evening arrives to riddle the sky with stars.
Head back to Nairobi and feast on the city’s natural delights once more. Why not wake early with a cool breeze and enjoy a casual stroll up Ngong Hills to see The Great Rift Valley slope away beneath you? At a Giraffe Park full of Rothschild giraffe you’ll have them eating from the palm of your hand. End with an adventure through the city centre, and an evening of international cuisine and sundowners in a lively restaurant full of spicy African cuisine.
Next, you’ll see why Kenya is considered the safari capital of Africa. On entry to Masai Mara game reserve, why not enjoy a hot air balloon ride and watch as crocodiles prey in the Mara River and wildebeest move in their hundreds of thousands on a Great Migration. Move by 4x4 through a land full of hippos, packs of wild dog, and African birds such as the Kori bustard. If you’re a nature lover, rest assured—it’s all here.
Camp by the embankment of Lake Elmenteita and embrace the nature that surrounds you. The birding opportunities by this soda lake can include a plume of pink as flamingos flock to its waters to feed—but that’s not nearly all that’s on offer. Among dazzles of zebra, look towards mudflats as the great white pelican swoops overhead. A horseback ride here comes highly recommended, as does a walking tour that includes volcanic history.
From one lake to another, after cruising north with the roof down, arrive at Lake Baringo ready to unwind by freshwater. Take a bird-watching tour with over 400 bird species. At the base of the Great Rift Valley, enjoy a safari tour of the surrounding region and look out for the elusive cheetah. Hot springs are a fine spot to let off steam after a day of adventure. Boat trips are available for those who wish to get closer to a goliath heronry.
Yes, another national park awaits in the land of safaris. Travel to Aberdare and move among green lands less arid than other Kenyan regions. North of Nairobi, forest elephants are a delight, as are leopards, and the colobus monkey. Look a little closer and see if you can spot the African wild cat. Picnic by the Karuru Waterfall, reaching a depth of 273 metres, and cool off after an exploration among stunning vegetation.
End your time in Kenya at the Samburu National Reserve, an intimate affair with nature, with the wilderness of this delectable land. Take time to say hello and farewell to more of the “Big Five” on a final safari among 60 square miles of park. Take a walking tour along a trail used by the Samburu people to water herds of livestock at the Ewaso Ng’iro River.
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